Wagobera founder praises ‘huge’ local support as eleventh annual Wortham sale approaches

Emma Thornton, who grew up in Wortham, founded the Wagobera charity to provide educational opportunities in Uganda. ANL-150924-101644001

Emma Thornton, who grew up in Wortham, founded the Wagobera charity to provide educational opportunities in Uganda. ANL-150924-101644001

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A former Wortham resident who established a charity to help Ugandan children fulfil their dreams of studying has thanked the community for their ‘huge’ support as an eleventh annual jumble sale approaches.

Emma Thornton set up the charity Wagobera following a gap year in Uganda where she spent four months teaching at a rural primary school in 2004.

The choice of name was inspired by student Wagobera Christopher who, as an 11-year-old, finished top of his class, but was unable to go to secondary school because his family could not afford the fees.

But thanks to the charity, Christopher is due to start his fourth year of study in medicine and surgery at Kampala International University. Ten other students have also been supported through the organisation.

The fundraising effort continues; he requires a number of items, including theatre gowns and medical equipment to continue his studies.

The former Hartismere School student told the Diss Express: “I really had no idea it would grow so much and have the impact that it does on so many people.

“When I first started sponsoring Chris it was really just about helping one person to have a better chance at supporting themselves in the future and it was only by doing that I realised it was easy to do the same for more people.

“The people of Wortham in particular have been a huge support.

“The annual jumble sale is Wagobera’s single biggest fundraising event and I’m always amazed at the amount of jumble donated, the number of people that come along and the total raised each year.”

The eleventh annual jumble sale will be held at Wortham Village Hall on Saturday, October 3, from 2pm to 4pm.

Anyone who would like to donate items for the sale can do so by dropping them off at the hall on the morning of the event.

To make a donation to help fund Christopher’s additional items for his study, visit https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/wagobera

Or for more on Wagobera, visit www.facebook.com/wagobera